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suggested that booker was a bit of a civil rights icon? >> yes. >> a family secret locked on a forgotten piece of film. >> night after night i lay down and i don't want my children to go after -- >> explosive then. haunting now. >> i said they could come and kill you. he said i want to be heard. >> raw words with great risk and great power to change. >> my heart broke for him. i didn't realize how much jeopardy he was putting himself in. >> tonight, a journey back in time to unlock a mystery. >> who's this guy booker wright? >> and uncover truth. >> if you're willing to tell the truth we can find a place. >> finding booker's place. >>> welcome to "dateline," everyone. i'm lester holt. what do you know about your ancestors? a lot of us might not know much before our grandparents. the young woman in tonight's story didn't even know that. she started a search and crossed paths with a hollywood producer on a mission of his own. their journey took them to the deep south during the battle for civil rights. on an old film, an nbc documentary, they uncovered an explosive family secret. that is n
. >> in addition to running his own grocery, sylvester also operates tours of significant blues and civil rights spots in the area. >> a lot of people are making money off it. i'm probably the only black doing it. >> this is one of the stops on sylvester's tour. it is what remains of the grocery store where emmitt till whistled at a white woman. that night he was abducted from his bed, brutally murdered, and tossed into the river. the property is owned by one of the jurors that acquitted till's killers. he wants to have a memorial here but can't because the owner has a seven figure asking price. >> everybody trying to make money off the blues and civil rights. and a lot of those people gave us the blues but now they making money off the blues. it don't taste good to a lot of people, but they doing it. >> as for ray de felitta and yvette johnson, work on their film wrapped earlier this year. >> why he spoke that way in the film -- >> "booker's place: a mississippi story" premiered in april at the tribeca film festival. >> beautiful. >> for frank and ray de felitta, it was a crowning collaboration
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